Obituaries, August 24, 2014

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 05:08 PM


William "PeeWee" Junior Caesar
DURHAM — Mr. William "PeeWee" Junior Caesar, 68, passed on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center.Surviving relatives include a daughter, Ilana Caesar-Malone; son, William Caesar; sister Hattie Cagle; aunt, Pastor Shirley Caesar; uncles Julius and Solomon Caesar.Funeral services will take place on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church, 801 Colfax St, Durham, NC 27701, beginning at 12:00 noon. A visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed at

Mattie Eva Jones
DURHAM — Mrs. Mattie Eva Jones, age 97, of 917 John Jones Rd Bahama, NC passed at her home on Tuesday.  Funeral services will be held on Monday 2 PM Mt Calvary Baptist Church in Bahama NC.  The family will receives 1 hour before the service at the Church.  She is survived by two children, John Jones Jr. (Mildred) and Courtney Jones.  Funeral services entrusted to Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Directors.  Condolences can be sent to

Cheryl Lynne McDonald
DURHAM — Cheryl Lynne McDonald, 53, of 2820 E. Geer Street, died on Thursday, August 21, 2014.
Cheryl was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Aubrey McDonald and Audrey Ellis McDonald. She worked for Triangle Orthopaedic Associates as a Patient Support Specialist. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronnie Pemberton.
She is survived by her daughter and best friend, Emily Anne McDonald of Durham; sister, Libby Moore Durham; grand-dogs, Pepper, Lucy and Maggie; several nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, August 26, at 6 pm at Gorman Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local SPCA in her memory. Online condolences can be made at

Kimberly Ann Shepherd
DURHAM — Kimberly Ann Shepherd, December 21, 1960- August 20, 2014, Wake Forest, NC.
Kimberly Ann Shepherd,  53,  at her home. Kimberly was the daughter of the late Charles D. Shepherd. Kim had been employed at IBM and later at Duke University Medical Center. She was a 1980 Graduate of Southern High School in Durham, NC.
She was raised and resided in Durham, NC most of her life prior to moving to Wake Forest.
Kim enjoyed Beach trips, dancing, gardening, nature, animals, music and family gatherings. She was known for her kindness, and a sense of humor, a child at heart, and a very giving person.
Surviving are her Mother and Step-Father, Darlene and Theron Few of Mebane, NC; her twin sister, Sharron Shepherd, also of Mebane; sister Lisa Tysor (Cliff) of Graham, and their son, Seth J. ; Diana Y. Hall (Johnny) of Wake Forest and her son Brandon L. Hall of Raleigh; and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins.
Kimberly was preceded in death by her father and only brother, Charles D. Shepherd II; her paternal grandmother, Mae Sue Ellis Harward and her maternal grandmother Mary S. Jones.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 26th at Hudson Funeral Chapel with The Reverend Kevin Baker, Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Graham, officiating. Burial will be in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Hudson Funeral Home, Monday evening August 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. Flowers or donations to charity of choice. Online condolences can be made at

Henri Watkins
DURHAM — Henrietta (“Henri”) Watkins, 96, died on August 14 at her home in Durham, where she had lived since 2005. Born on November 28, 1917, she was the daughter of Bernardt J. Vogel and Anna Lucia Vogel of New Orleans.
Henri is survived by her son, Dr. Fred Watkins III, and his wife, Bonnie Packert, both of Escondido, California; her twin daughters, Stephanie Watkins of Raleigh and Leslie Watkins of Durham; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jacqueline and David Watkins of Shreveport, Louisiana; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Fred Watkins, and her son, Stewart Watkins, both of Shreveport; her sister, Bernadine Garine of Novato, California; and her brother, Dr. Frederick J. Vogel of New Orleans.
She leaves behind her dearest and loving pet, Zoe. Please make any memorial contributions to the Durham Public Library, to any animal shelter, or to any charity that helps the poor and hungry.

Roger Duane Cox
CHAPEL HILL — Roger Duane Cox was born September 7th, 1946 in Belleville, Illinois. He was one of three children born to Welby Jack Cox and Wilma Fenner Cox. He was raised in Belleville, Illinois and Gulfport, Mississippi before attending college at Ole Miss, The University of Mississippi. There he was a double major and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He later earned his PhD in psychology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he met and married his wife, Martha J. Cox, a professor of psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1980, he spent most of his professional life working with the TEACCH Autism program of UNC-CH. In his roles as the Director of the Asheville and Greensboro TEACCH centers, and as the Director of Training for the TEACCH program, he influenced the lives of many families and educators of individuals with autism. He is remembered by those who worked with him as a kind and generous teacher and mentor who used humor and sensitivity to share his knowledge of developmental disability, Autism, and the TEACCH approach. Before retiring from his role as director of training for the TEACCH program 3 years ago, he traveled all around the world to train educators and parents on the TEACCH approach and was known for his quick wit and easy, comfortable speaking style. He enjoyed a lot of happiness and satisfaction through his experiences helping and teaching others, and his passion for his work was evident and will be remembered. Outside of his professional life, he was a lover of music, all sports--but particularly college basketball, and a good joke. Roger died on August 19th, 2014 on his 42nd wedding anniversary. Roger is survived by his daughter, Katherine Cox of Brooklyn, NY, his daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren: Margaret, Aaron, Max and Stella Swingler of Chapel Hill, and by his wife of 42 years, Martha Cox, of Chapel Hill. He is also survived by his siblings, Terry Cox and Jackie Cox Craft, of Gulfport, Mississippi. He will be remembered for his love of his family and also for his generosity of spirit and good humor to everyone he knew and even those he had just met. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UNC-Hospice program in the family name at
Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas.

Thomas Washington Jackson

ROXBORO — Thomas Washington Jackson, 92,  died Friday, August 22, 2014.  Born in Charlotte, VA, Mr. Jackson was the son of the late Johnny Albert and Berta Reid Jackson.  Mr. Jackson worked for the Roxboro Police Department and retired from being a security guard at Collins & Aikman and Longhurst Cotton Mill.  He served in the US Army during WWII and was a member of North Roxboro Baptist Church.  Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife, Ethel Hobgood Jackson and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 3PM Sunday at North Roxboro Baptist Church by the Rev. Ben Durand.  Burial will follow in Person Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 2-3PM, Sunday, at North Roxboro Baptist Church prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Harry Clayton, Doyle Whitt, Caleb Rogers, Taylor Whitt, Ronnie Pulliam, and Kenny Walters.
Memorials may be made to, North Roxboro Baptist Church, 115 School St., Roxboro, NC 27573.
Condolences may be sent to